Reproductive and Appetite Hormones and Bulimic Symptoms during Midlife

Jessica H. Baker, Claire M. Peterson, Laura M. Thornton, Kimberly A. Brownley, Cynthia M. Bulik, Susan S. Girdler, Marsha D. Marcus, Joyce T. Bromberger

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Abstract

Eating disorders and related symptoms occur during midlife; however, little is known about their aetiology. It has been hypothesised that perimenopause represents a window of vulnerability for the development or exacerbation of eating disorder symptomatology because, like puberty, perimenopause is a period of reproductive hormone change. We compared symptoms of bulimia nervosa (bulimic symptomatology) assessed via mean scores on a self-report questionnaire in premenopausal and perimenopausal women. We also examined the association between hormone concentrations (reproductive/appetite) and bulimic symptomatology. No mean differences in bulimic symptomatology were observed between premenopause and perimenopause. However, there was a significant positive association between leptin and binge eating. Although no significant associations between reproductive hormones and bulimic symptomatology were observed, additional research is needed to provide definitive information. It is essential to learn more about the aetiology of eating disorders and related symptomatology across the lifespan in order to develop age-relevant treatment and prevention programs.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages188-194
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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Keywords

  • bulimia
  • bulimia nervosa
  • eating disorders
  • hormones
  • menopause transition
  • midlife
  • perimenopause

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Reproductive and Appetite Hormones and Bulimic Symptoms during Midlife. / Baker, Jessica H.; Peterson, Claire M.; Thornton, Laura M.; Brownley, Kimberly A.; Bulik, Cynthia M.; Girdler, Susan S.; Marcus, Marsha D.; Bromberger, Joyce T.

In: European Eating Disorders Review, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.05.2017, p. 188-194.

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